14.8.39.

Warm & fine. Damsons (such as there are) almost ripe. Finished getting ground ready for greens. At last found the lost hen, which was sitting on 13 eggs. She has been gone just a month. Altogether 6 broodies now (out of 23 hens). Put them all in E’s cage this afternoon. Yesterday with great difficulty we weighed a duck, &, if we were not wrong, it was about 33/4lb (61/2 weeks). So we are going to send the 2 biggest to market to see what they fetch.
10 eggs (3 small).
Cwt. Full-o-Pep gave out today. Started on 4.7.39 – about 40 days. Should have been 35, so perhaps have been underfeeding them a bit. On the other hand in warm weather they often don’t eat all they are given.
Saw a cuckoo this morning. They have been silent for some time & are about due to leave. Found a dead shrew mouse on the road. I do not know why, one always finds them dead about this time of year.

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5 Responses to 14.8.39.

  1. The Ridger says:

    I wish whoever types this in would leave a space before the fractions, given that the font doesn’t make them special characters. I keep reading them as 33 over 4 and 61 over 2 …

    I love the way he says “with great difficulty we weighed a duck” – what an image of flapping wings and angry quacking that conjures up.

  2. Steve says:

    This has got to be one of his best garden entries ever!

  3. Roving Thundercloud says:

    Yes, but does the duck weigh the same as a witch?

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  5. Cezille says:

    glad to be here in your diary blog! Have a nice day! :D

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